President Donald Trump took to Twitter to retweet an alt-right conspiracy theorist just a few hours after condemning the Ku Klux Klan, neo-Nazis and white supremacists involved in the Charlottesville, Virginia protests.
The president faced intense backlash after delivering what many critics felt was a weak response to the white supremacist rally on Aug. 12 that resulted in the death of one counter protester, The Guardian reported. He was even criticized by members of his own party for failing to mention by name the white supremacist groups involved in the riot.
"We condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence on many sides," the president said in a statement from a podium at his golf club in Bedminster, New Jersey.
Some white supremacist groups saw the statement as a victory for their cause, CNN reported.
"He didn't attack us," Andrew Anglin, the creator of Nazi website Daily Stormer, wrote in a blog post. "[He] implied that there was hate ... on both sides. So he implied the antifa are haters. There was virtually no counter-signaling of us all."
The president delivered another statement on Aug. 14 from the White House acknowledging the hate groups involved in the rally.
"Racism is evil. And those who cause violence in its name are criminals and thugs, including KKK, Neo-Nazis, White Supremacists, and other hate groups are repugnant to everything we hold dear as Americans," Trump said. "Those who spread violence in the name of bigotry strike at the very core of America."
For many critics, the damage had already been done. Many questioned why it took the president two whole days to call out the white supremacist groups by name and publicly condemn them. Trump took to Twitter to respond to those critics.
"Made additional remarks on Charlottesville and realize once again that the #Fake News Media will never be satisfied...truly bad people!" the president tweeted.
Trump wasn't finished. He then retweeted a tweet by Jack Posobiec, who highlighted the shootings that occurred in Chicago that same weekend.
"Meanwhile: 39 shootings in Chicago this weekend, 9 deaths. No national media outrage. Why is that?" the tweet read.
Posobiec is known for promoting discredited theories about the murder of Democratic National Committee employee Seth Rich, and the infamous "pizzagate" allegations against former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton that prompted a man to walk into Washington, D.C., restaurant with an assault rifle and fire off three rounds.
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